“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and, thereby, eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”
We are standing up for Freedom of Expression and the peaceful exchange of ideas. From the onset of Covid, we have witnessed deep polarization in our beloved community of Denman Island. The Islands Grapevine was our only news source willing to publish all sides of various contentious issues.
Since the end of August, some contributors have felt that they have been censored. Free Speech is the foundation of a free society. We feel strongly that we need to support critical thinking.
We encourage The Grapevine to embrace its policy of encouraging all points-of-view to be expressed in our weekly newspaper.
By supporting The Islands Grapevine through advertising we can support free speech in the long run. It is our hope that Denman and Hornby islanders will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and opinions on a platform on which Free Speech is honoured.
Louis De Ernsted